Vision & History
One of the founders of Lotus Speech is helping us to write up a history of Lotus Speech and how different dharma groups came together to help create it. We will post this story here as soon as it’s complete.
In 2005, Lotus Speech Canada Buddhist Society was incorporated in British Columbia and became a Registered Charitable Organization (BN 81855 3273 RR0001).
To provide an environment conducive for Buddhist philosophical study, mediation practice and contemplation under the spiritual direction of Changling Tulku Rinpoche. To maintain a centre for the study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism particularly as taught in the Dzogchen and Northern Treasures lineages of the Nyingma School. To support the development of service, compassion and concern for others in both our own membership and in the larger society to maximize our potential. To collect, preserve, translate and produce Buddhist texts specific to the Nyingma School.
Achieving the Objectives
- Scholars and meditation masters from any of the six major monasteries or universities (called shedras in Tibetan) will be invited to teach seminars in Canada, according to a curriculum set by the board of directors in consultation with the Spiritual Director of Lotus Speech.
- Lotus Speech programs will be based on scholarly and traditional texts written by masters of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and meditation.
- An environment to support Lotus Speech activities will be established and maintained for religious use.
- Ongoing seminars, study groups and meditation sessions will be developed and held in conjunction with the curriculum.
- Meditation masters will provide religious instruction and perform pastoral services.
- A Tibetan Buddhist Text Archival project will be established to collect, preserve, translate and author Buddhist texts specific to the Nyingma School, in general, and the Northern Treasures lineage in particular.
Guidelines for the Board
Changling Rinpoche and Rabjam Rinpoche provided the following guidelines for the board members of Lotus Speech:
At Shechen there are only seven people who direct all the activities for Nepal, Bhutan and India. Because there are few directors we work easily and because we have respect for each other we have few problems. If devotion is present then the work can succeed even if it takes a long time.
If samaya and respecting and good management are present, then things can work well. If not, then there will be misunderstandings and difficulties. These two must always be kept up. If they are kept up then there will be no trouble in the group.
Even if there is not a large number of people, the work can get done. If management is poor, then more people means more dead bodies – a big mess.
If you complain it has to be at the correct time. If it is at the wrong time then there is danger. It should be at the time when things cool down, not when one is in a hurry.
Shechen has one large and two small meetings a year. At the large meeting Rabjam Rinpoche describes the projects and divides them up among the directors for a specific period of time. After six months at a meeting everyone reports on how much they have succeeded. Whoever has the poorest quality of work is asked how the group can be of help. The job is not taken away, but whatever help is needed is given. Jobs can be changed after the allotted time – this avoids hurt feelings, misunderstandings and trouble. The size and type of job is given according to the qualities of the individual.
Shechen Monastery directors get together after each event to see how things could be done better next time.